LA Favored in West Play-In Opener
There is a lot of respect for the Los Angeles Lakers with NBA lines. They opened as firm favorites against the Minnesota Timberwolves for the opening game of the NBA West Play-In Tournament.
Online gambling markets are giving the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis credit for the Lakers’ late-season push, but the Timberwolves have a team that could test the favorites on Tuesday night.
Timberwolves Close Strongly
They have hit top gear at the right time of the season, especially after posting a 151-131 offensive performance against the San Antonio Spurs last week.
If they can score at such a clip against the Lakers, covering the +7 spread won’t be too difficult, and they have the weapons to achieve their goal. Despite going only 42-40, they have the makings of a playoff team.
Anthony Edwards averages 24.6 points per game and he likes to pull the trigger. The Timberwolves will be without big man Rudy Gobert, who was suspended for Tuesday’s game after throwing a punch at a teammate in Sunday’s regular-season finale.
“Emotions got the best of me today. I should not have reacted the way i did regardless of what was said. I wanna apologize to the fans, the organization and particularly to Kyle (Anderson), who is someone that I truly love and respect as a teammate,” Gobert said.
NBA odds aren’t giving Minnesota enough respect, and despite playing on the road in a hostile environment, the Timberwolves are solid on the road and the Lakers aren’t fantastic at home.
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— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 10, 2023
Lakers With Nowhere to Hide
Most of the run came with James sitting out, so credit goes to Davis and the bench. We didn’t like what we saw from James in a 125-118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, but the team bounced back with a win over Phoenix.
We’re just not convinced this team is good enough to progress past the play-in phase of the NBA playoffs. They have been mostly poor for much of 2022 and 2023, so now we’re meant to give -7 points?
It’s tough to stomach, but there is always the potential for the Lakers to score a blowout win when it counts. We envision James going nuts and dropping 40 points, but that could be nostalgia kicking in.
There isn’t much of a tomorrow if the Lakers drop the opening game, and the pressure could be all too much.
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Timberwolves vs Lakers Head-to-Head
The Lakers won the most recent meeting 123-111 in Minnesota to cover the -2 sport betting spread.
However, it was all the Wolves prior. They covered the spread in six consecutive games from March 2021 to March 2023.
They are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles.
Timberwolves vs Lakers Game Information
- Game: Timberwolves (42-40) vs Lakers (43-39)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, April 11, 10 p.m. ET
- Location: crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
- Timberwolves vs Lakers Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Timberwolves vs Lakers Betting Lines
Timberwolves vs Lakers Picks and Prediction
Our picks have the Timberwolves putting up a fight against the Lakers, so we’re happy with the +7 line.
They are a chance to win the game outright at juicy odds but take the safer option.
Under 229½ is also worth including in your selections. We expect the defense to appear under playoff circumstances.
Minnesota is listed at +220 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Timberwolves, there’s a chance to win $220. Los Angeles is -270, offering a chance to win $37 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Minnesota a 31.25% chance to win, with the Lakers at 72.97%
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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Lakers vs Timberwolves Previous Game (Mar 31, 2023)
The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves are jockeying for playoff positions. Currently, they are eighth and seventh in the NBA standings, respectively. But only a half-game separates them, so the Lakers could overtake Minnesota with a win here. The NBA lines have this tightly lined with the home team, Minnesota, having won three straight versus the Lakers.
NBA news are not reporting any significant absences for either team here. Minnesota could miss Jaylen Nowell (knee) and Taurean Prince (illness) but will still have its best men. But despite the Wolves having more talented players, the Lakers are just a bit more in sync right now. Davis will finally get the better of Towns this Friday.